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ornithes. we've -- on thursday. we've blurred out the profanity but it read. "i hate everyone at this school. watch me shoot everyone on march 14th. i swear to god." one parent says he refuses to live in fear. >> no one wants to step up and be responsible. they want blame it on everyone. this is just symbolic of what's going on. this kind of stuff never would have been tolerated when i went to school in pleasanton. >> reporter: in total, police are on alert in tracy, campbell high, two students found threatping graffiti in the girls' bathroom. officials evacuated tracy high school after two notes including one about a bomb were found in the boy's bathroom. and thornton junior high was put in lockdown because of a
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bomb threat. fremont police are investigating still. one parent said there was a similar threat made on facebook about a week before this incident. she says this has a lot of parents on edge. in that case, it was a male. and in this case, it what -- it was a female. we've noticed an increase in police presence. there's bun patrol car here since 4:00 when we arrived. we expect more later this morning. tara moriarty, ktvu channel 2 news. a magnitude 4.6 earthquake shook the north bay overnight. this is a look at a map from the usgs website. the quake hit just after 2:00 a.m., about 14 miles northeast of healdsburg. even though it was a larger- than-usual quake for the area, it does not appear a lot of people felt it. the sonoma county sheriff's department said it only took two calls about the quake. no reports of damage. a new earthquake warning
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system just passed in southern california. coming up at 7:19. how this could change the way we respond to quakes in the future. we're following developing news. we're getting word of another carnival cruise ship in trouble. this time it's a cruise ship stucks in phillipsburg on the island of saint martin in the eastern caribbean. several passengers are telling stories of power outages and overflowing toilets. this is file video of the carnival dream. the coast guard has been in touch with the ship's captain and he told them of trouble with the propulsion system. this comes a month after a fire crippled a ship in the gulf of mexico. coming up at 7:45, we'll have an update on this ship's situation. to our continuing coverage of the election of a new pope. this morning, pope francis delivered a bouquet of flowers to the altar at a basilica in rome.
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he prayed for the virgin mary for the health and safety of rome. the pope is known as being a very humble man. the vatican didn't release any photos of his ride to the church. we're told he took a simple vatican car, rather than the famous pope mobile this is the vatican. the pope will lead a special last inside the sistine chapel. these are live pictures. the crowd there at st. peter's square, a lot smaller than last night. but there's still a lot of tourists out there on this very clear afternoon at the vatican. [ cheers ] >> and then there was this -- the appearance of the white smoke from the copper chimney of the sistine chapel. there were cheers of an estimated 100,000 people packed into the square and officially pope francis greeted the public at 12:21 pacific time. it is 7:05.
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this morning, many bay area catholics are echoing the sentiments around the world. cara lui has more. >> reporter: good morning. pope francis will be dealing with a host of social issues including gay marriage as well as one of the thornniest issues, the sex priest abuse scandal. here abused by priests have been calling for the church to do more to protect children. a vatican scholar tells us, pope francis may have a more proactive approach dealing with this scandal. >> because he's coming from experience in the field that he has been pastor of a major
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archdiocese. he's on the front line of dealing with the carousels of questions, the issues of clerical abuse. >> reporter: coming up we'll have more from vatican scholars about what we might see and learn today about pope francis. for now we're live in morago, cara lui, ktvu channel 2 news. you can learn much more about pope francis at ktvu.com. coming up at 7:30, we'll head to rome for a live report on the pontiff's busy first morning. a look at what analysts consider is his rather conservative record. so a lot of interesting information we're still uncovering about the new pope. >> all right, tori. >> uh-huh. let's check in with sal, get to you to where you need to go. you've been busy all morning. >> a busy traffic reporter does not mean good news for you, usually. northbound 101 in san jose, we're gone start there.
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that's been the trouble spot at mckee. they are making progress in clearing it but traffic is backed up all the way to the capital expressway. you want to take 280 or 85 as an alternate route. 880 southbound from hayward city to fremont, moderate heavy conditions if you are heading south. if you are driving in contra costa county, the heaviest traffic is in antioch and bay point. southbound 680 is slow from pleasant hill down to walnut creek and alamo. let's go to the bay bridge plaza where we have a 20, 25- minute delay at the toll plaza. the fog is not as dense as it was yesterday and this morning's commute on san francisco freeways, northbound 101 looks good. you can see some of the fog kind of wisping through but the traffic is moving along pretty nicely. also go to mark tamayo. >> good morning to you. the fog doing its thing. as you mentioned, not as dense as yesterday but still we're tracking it over the next few hours.
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we've been watching the fog develop. this happens when you get the onshore breeze, it targets the areas out to richmond, albany, berkeley, emeryville. that could impact your ride on interstate 80. we also have dense fog advisories out near the coastline, basically from the san mateo county coast down to the south down towards santa cruz and watsonville. this in place until 9:00 this morning. visibility is down to about one- quarter of a mile. the fog has increased in coverage over the past few hours. as far as current temperatures, still pretty chilly in the 40s out towards santa rosa and napa. downtown san francisco, 48 and san jose reporting partly cloudy skies, 52 degrees. throughout the day today, the fog gradually strips away revealing partly cloudy skies. a few high clouds into the afternoon hours for the coast. temperatures, they are mainly in the upper 50s to the 60s except santa cruz backups. we'll continue to atlanticen up
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the high -- up the -- we'll continue to thicken up the high clouds. they are coming down from yesterday's very warm readings. the highs are still pretty warm for mid-march. mid- to upper os concord, fairfield, antioch. san francisco, 67. still some patchy fog for the coast. near pacifica, 60 degrees this afternoon. this is your five-day forecast -- pretty much the same deal for your friday. your weekend always in view. slightly cooler by monday. no rain clouds yet. but we are tracking an increase. we'll break gun the -- break down the timing on that. in the past couple of weeks, a trash can was set on fire in discuss, plumbing was damage -- santa cruz, plumbing was damaged in the restroom in the park. damage is estimated at about $5,000. 7:10. later today, the head of thes
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transportation security administration will defend his controversial decision to begin allowing small knives on airplanes starting next month. john pistole will testify at a hearing of the house homeland security committee. pilots, flight attendants and even the union representing tsa screeners have criticized the decision to allow the knives. pis toledo says the change in -- pistole says the change in policy could change the screeners to look for more serious threats such as explosives. :11. the fbi may -- 7:11. the fbi may be looking at your banking habits. how this controversial new program could get you on a terrorist watch list. and a local amusement park is doing damage control over disturbing video of a trainer punching an animal. [ mom ] don't stress. we can figure this out. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] get the speed to make a great first impression. call today to get u-verse high speed internet for as little as $14.95 a month for 12 months with a one-year price guarantee.
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coming up on 7:14. six flags in vallejo is doing damage control. this is following a video that's making the rounds on the internet. it shows an animal trainer repeatedly punching a white tiger in the face. the tape has prompted a lot of angry phone calls since it surfaced this week. however, the owners of six flags say that video was taken ten years ago and a trainer was fired shortly after the incident. a government whistle-blower says the department of veterans withheld information about gulf war syndrome and ignored suicidal veterans.
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at this hearing coughlin testified that veterans identified as suicidal in the studies were not offered followup care. well, president obama heads back to capitol hill today meeting with senate republicans and house democrats. it's the president's third trip this week to meet with lawmakers. he's trying to get republicans and democrats to agree on a budget. yesterday, senate democrats unveiled their budget plan calling for increases in both spending and taxes. the republican budget plan focuses on cutting spending. president obama will release his budget ideas early next month. and now we're finding out how various government agencies are implementing those automatic sequester spending cuts that took effect march 1st. the interior department, for instance, will cut visiting hours at all 3998 national
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parks and -- 398 national parks and they are not hiring thousands of seasonal workers. the agricultural department is cutting travel spending. that will mean 2100 food safety inspections and the transportation department will start furloughing air traffic controllers next month. that is expected to cause flight delays. 7:16. you may not know this but your banking information is already available to the fbi. as ktvu's kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, the obama administration is now making a push for all spy agencies to have the same access. >> reporter: there's a report out from "reuters" and it says there is a treasury department document stating the obama administration wants to give all u.s. spy agencies access to a massive financial database. right now, only the fbi has full access to the database. other spy agencies like the cia
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and national security agency have to file case by case request to get that same information. and "reuters" says the white house is taking action so the agencies can have unlimited access. banks have to report any cash transactions over $10,000 as suspicious and they get put into this database. "reuters" says banks often overreport to be safe and that puts americans with no criminal instent in the spotlight of the federal government. >> we also to make sure that we're giving it sufficient oversight that congress is paying attention as well as the privacy information. >> reporter: expanding the bank account access to all of the agencies is legal under the pinpoint act. we'll explain who they are exactly trying to track down in
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all of this when i see you next. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. china claims the coca-cola soft drink company is threatening that company's national security. some coke truck drivers are accused of illegally using hand- held gps devices during routes in china. coke says the devices are sold widely in stores and they improve delivery time. but they bring up border concerns. coke is shutting down a production facility in sacramento. the bottling plant has been a fixture on stockton boulevard since 1936. it produces 9 million cases each year. two months ago, coke bought the entire operation from the family which owned the building. coke says it has too many facilities across the valley and the plant's 60 workers will likely lose their jobs if they cannot find work at other coke
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facilities. angry surfers and activists plan to break through a metal barrier that's been blocking to this beach. the gate was installed after the beach was sold. this comes days after the new owners of the beach were sued. in berkeley, a high school student is recovering after being beaten and robbed yesterday blocks from his school. the victim goes to berkeley technology academy. his school and a nearby preschool were all locked down for about 30 minutes while police were searching for the suspect. the boy was taken to the hospital. his injuries described as minor. so far no arrests have been made. 7:19. new this morning, physical physicistists say they are positive they have discovered
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the god particle. they say the subatomic particle explains why matter has mass. it's considered a missing cornerstone in the fussy of physics -- study of physics. a southern california earthquake warning system just passed a major system. on monday, the system gave scientists a 35-second warning before a 4.7 quake in riverside county. now, that may not sound like much but scientists say it can be enough time for people to take cover or to shut down trains. scientists say the system does not predict earthquakes but detects the -- but detects the very pulls of energy when there -- very pulses of energy when there is a rupture. there's some fog for you to deal with. look at that. that's a live picture. here comes the sun after more warm weather ahead for you.
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mark tamayo will tell us if we'll break any records. also, a battle over b.a.r.t. the project riders would like to see on the fastrack. westbound 237, we have slow traffic getting over to zanker road. we'll tell you more about the morning commute and the bay weather. hazelnut macchiato please.
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p:23. godaddy is hiring and they are looking for talent right here in the bay area. the arizona-based company was part of a tech job fair at uc berkeley yesterday. a representative from godaddy said she traveled 700 miles to be there. last month, a company opened a new silicon valley office and are planning to double the size of the south bay work force in the coming months. >> we're hiring in sunnyvale, denver, we're hiring in arizona, which is where we're headquartered, and we're looking at other locations as
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well, including international. >> the sunnyvale office opened with about 40 employees. they are looking to fill about 20 jobs. b.a.r.t. wanted to install new vinyl seats to replace the cloth seats but the seats are so popular, b.a.r.t. was considering putting them on an additional 139 cars. the company doing the work, though, says it will not be able to do the job, so b.a.r.t. must start a new bidding process for that contract. speaking of b.a.r.t. and traffic, let's check in with sal castanedo. it's a little slow in san jose. >> that's right. we had an earlier crash on northbound 101 at mckee. it took them a while to get it out there. it was kind of a serious crash. 280 has been the alternate. people have been bailing on 101. you can see it's backed up out of downtown. 101 is still very heavy. so is 85. kind of off to a bad start for the santa clara valley commute. we've been looking at some of the other commutes around the
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bay. this is the livermore valley. of course, from tracy to livermore, it's been so. we haven't had any major problems. once you get to dublin, it gets much better than that. 45 minutes from grantline to 680. if you are driving to fremont, hayward, traffic is getting busy. let's go to mark. wait a minute. stand-by, mark. westbound bay bridge is backed up for about a 25-minute delay before you make it onto the span. and now mark, let's go. hi, there. perfect transition for me. the camera showed fog. the fog is doing its thing, expending over the last few hours. a dense fog advisory is in effect until 2:00 this afternoon in the bay, also down towards santa cruz county until 9:00 this this morning. visibilities have been coming down to one-quarter of a mile. later on this afternoon, partly cloudy skies, some patchy coastal fog and temperatures in the 50s and 60s.
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a look ahead to your five-day forecast minor changes for tomorrow, slight cooling as we head into the weekend. tori? >> thank you, mark. 7:25. the ideology of pope francis, we'll have a live report from rome. his views on some of the more pressing social issues of today. >> reporter: we're live in san jose, where the city is about to launch one of the fastest wi- fi networks in the country. we'll tell you how this will help the city.
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the pope, pope francis, in about an hour and a half, will lead a mass with his cardinals
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at the sistine chapel. religious analysts are now taking a look at his record. craig boswell is live in rome. there's a lot of on the pope's views on some of the modern views. which direction was this pope lead in that regard? >> reporter: good afternoon, rome time. good morning to you. very, very conservative, strict opposition to gay marriage, strict opposition to contraception, strip opposition to women being ordained as priests. he's not believed to be a reformist, someone who will push for changes on those issues in the church. the former officer archbishop -- the former archbishop, he's known for taking the bus to work and turning down the palace of the archbishop there
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in buenos aires. there's a strict opposition to the modern ways of the church and polls have shown that a lot of catholics believe in contraception. there's talk of ordaining women in the church. there's kind of a contradiction here. it's gonna be very interesting to see how this tension works out. tori? >> craig, tell us a little bit about what's planned for today. what is gonna be his agendaen to the first full day -- agendaen to the first full day of -- agenda on his first full day as pope? >> reporter: he was going to meet with pope benedict xvi today. that meeting was called off. it won't happen tomorrow either, i'm told. but he did speak with pope benedict xvi by phone last evening. so they have talked with one another. as you mentioned in about an hour and a half, he will join with the cardinals again inside the chapel for physical first mass as pope francis. on sunday, he will do the
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traditional angellist blessing. >> what's the mood like there? does it still feel like euphoria there? >> reporter: it's a certain business as usual. people got back to work. when everything was going on at st. peter's square, there was no traffic. it's business as normal but yet there's a sense of optimum. the work has gotten done. everyone seems pleased with the choice. they think it's a good choice. there is a sense -- you know how it is after an election. there is a sense of renewed hope and a sense of we have someone in charge, let's move forward. >> it looks like the skies are somewhat cleared behind you. you don't have the rainy
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weather you had a few days ago. >> reporter: that's a beautiful thing. i don't want to read too much into it. but you saw the live feed with all of the umbrellas. it was pouring down. it did stop just a few minutes before he stepped out onto the balcony. >> some might say that's not a coincidence. thank you, craig. 7:32. vice president joe biden will lead the u.s. delegation to rome. he's the first roman catholic vice president. the vice president released a statement saying he is happy to have the chance to personally deliver his well-wishes to the new pope. the installation mass for pope francis is scheduled next tuesday and log onto ktvu.com. there's a tab dedicated to his introduction. and there's reaction from here in the bay area.
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7:33. police in concord investigating shots fired at two buses. both shootings happened yesterday on clayton road. the windows on both buses were damaged. luckily, in one was hurt. so far, no suspects or arrests. if you have any information, call concord police. the chp says the car of a milpitas police officer was rammed by the driver of a ford bronco in san jose. it happened about 4:00 this morning on 680 north near berryessa. the driver of that bronco was taken to the hospital. the chp investigation continues. >> any time that you are involved in a collision where someone hits you, we don't know if they are doing it on purpose or it's strictly an accident. better safe than sorry. >> reporter: the police officers involved were not hurt. and 8-year-old girl is recovering from major injuries. the napa valley register
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reports it happened yesterday at cams and laurel street. the little girl was flown to the hospital. have not given us any information about the circumstances of the accident or whether the driver will be facing charges. 7:34. surfing the net is about to get a lot faster in one silicon valley city. janine de la vega is live with information on the big announcement. good morning, janine. >> reporter: well, yes. downtown san jose is going to have a fast, free by-service. it's -- free by-by service -- fast, free wi-fi service. this service is being celebrated here at city hall at a ceremony. the service is at a minimal cost to the city. wi-fi service has been placed on street signs and buildings that simultaneously support
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thousands of users. the city will offer one of the fastest networks in the country. san jose leaders see this service as a must-have and companies downtown want to attract tech-savvy individuals. so many do business in out door cafes and so being -- out door calffies and so being connected is important. this is going to be a much improved service. we checked on ruckous wireless and they will have a cutting of the ethernet and will do that ceremony starting today here at city hall at noon. reporting live from downtown san jose, janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 news. >> all right. 7:35. all right. what would you do to save $2? some commuters on the bay bridge have been couple pulling over to the side of the road to avoid paying that higher toll. ktvu's brian flores is live at the bay bridge right now and
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you say this is a growing problem. >> reporter: yeah, this is a growing problem but it's not a new problem. good morning to you. people have been doing this since 2010, since the tolls started to be based on traffic congestion. you are looking at the bay bridge. traffic is moving smoothly. just before 10:00 a.m., cars can be seen as pulling over. they are wait for the clock to go from 9:59 to 10:00 because the toll goes down. but the chp says this can be dangerous. there are a handful of commuters around 9:45 will start to pull over to the side somewhere or slow june traffic long enough until the clock says 10:00. that -- slowdown traffic long -- slow down traffic long enough until the clock says
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10:00. >> i've seen 25 cars pulled over to save $2. >> reporter: police say they enforce it like carpools. they've been aware of the problem but there's no clear- cut solution to the issue. back out here live, people, again, around 9:45, will start to pull over to the side of the road. traffic here along the bay bridge, moving slowly but they say there's no clear numbers on how many violaters there are out there when it comes to this issue. if you are caught, chp says you could be paying as close to $150 to $300. a huge headache. hopefully there's not a huge headache on the roadways. sal castanedo has more on that. good morning. >> good morning. the slowest traffic is the santa clara valley. we had an earlier crash on 101. that sent people to 280 and 85. it also looks like the fog is moving in. northbound 280 is slow. there was an earlier crash right at the 880 interchange at the shoulder. there have been a lot of fender-
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benders, but the more serious problem at 101 and mckee was in the lanes for a while. they finally cleared it. but traffic is backed up into southern san jose. let's take a look at the bay bridge toll plaza. right near where brian is standing. it's about a 25 to 30-minute wait getting into san francisco. no major problems on the bridge itself. the fog is not as low as it was the other day. we can see all of the toll plaza here. i want to mention contra costa county southbound 680 right near treat boulevard, there's a crash on the shoulder. traffic is going to be busy from after that point down to walnut creek kind of normal. 24 is moderate to the tunnel. 80 westbound is slowing out of richmond into el cerrito. let's go to mark. good morning to you. we're taking our live camera out, looking out towards mt. diablo. isn't that beautiful? you can see a few high clouds and the sun coming up. we have fog-free conditions but not too far away. a very pretty sight. the nice colors to start out your thursday morning.
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as far as the fog regrouping. as a result, a dense fog advisory for the boaters until 2:00 this afternoon. we have this, a dense fog advisory from the san mateo coastline extending all the way down to santa cruz county. santa cruz and watsonville, this in place until 9:00 this morning. visibilities have been coming down to juan-quarter of a mile. current temperatures are the in 40s to the lower 50s. santa rosa, 45. downtown oakland, 50 and san jose reporting cloud cover and the current temperature, 52 degrees. here in the pacific. this area of high pressure produced the warmth yesterday. we had 70s and 80s. temperatures have peaked as this area of high pressure begins to scoot out to the east. we'll shave off a few degrees. it's also setting the stage for high clouds to move into the region. it won't be complete sunshine. just some minor cooling for the weekend. here's our forecast model. a few high clouds. in addition to the fog, which will gradually work its way
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back to near the shore line, some high clouds by 4:00, 5:00, it could feel muggy. here's your forecast, temperatures mid-40s to the mid- 50s. by 12:00, lunchtime, 58 to 70 with partly sunny skies. and then by the afternoon hours, we'll call it mild to warm but it won't be complete sunshine. 60 to 76. still some patchy fog near parts of the shoreline. forecast highs this afternoon, they are coming down to about 3:00 to 6 degrees -- from 3 to 6 degrees. temperatures are still pretty warm. a look ahead to your five-day forecast with your weekend always in view. tomorrow pretty much the same deal. by the weekend, minor cooling. slightly cooler by monday. by late tuesday into wednesday, we could be tracking rain showers. we'll take a look at the lake tahoe forecast. >> i like the shamrock there on sunday, mark. will it ever go down? we're keeping an eye on the down and with the new jobless
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numbers -- and what the new jobless numbers stay about the economy. it's happened again. another carnival cruise ship in trouble. what's happened this time?
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the markets are due for a correction at some point. but right now in early trade, the dow is looking to extend its recent winning streak to ten days, the last time it was up nine days in a row was 16 years ago. taking a live look at the big board, the dow is up 59 at 14,514. the s&p also just a few points away from its record close. right now, it is up 5 at 1516. the nasdaq is also up 10. now, the main reason for today's surge of the stock
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market, the labor department says the number of new jobless claims hit a five-year low last week. the government reports new claims fell to 332,000. that's down 10,000 from the week before. it's also down almost 13% since november. the drop shows fewer layoffs are creating new strengths in the job market. a dream becoming a nightmare for another group of cruise ship passengers. ktvu's pam cook is in our newsroom now to tell us about more problems for carnival cruise shrine. >> about one month after that engine fire on that ship in the gulf of mexico, there's another ship stranded because of power problems. this time the ship is at port. the darn val "dream" is in the eastern caribbean on san martin. several passengers are tweeting messages of power outages and
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overflowing toilets. the coast guard says they are in regular contact with the captain but everyone has to stay on board. >> they are being kept on for accountability reasons. they believe this can be a quick fix. if they would fix it, it would be an accountability issue of trying to get everyone back on board. >> i just checked the facebook page, the company says all systems are functioning normally and that the company is restored but that the ship remains docked in the crew can -- until the crew can work on the issue. there are a lot of comments on the website. in the next hour, more comments from passengers on board and some people getting ready for a cruise. pam cook, ktvu channel 2 news. 7:45. a gunman suspected of shooting six people in upstate new york has himself been killed by police. police were in a standoff with 64-year-old kurt meyers since yesterday. they say he set his apartment on fire, then drove to a barber
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shop and shot four people, killing two of them. then he went to an oil chain shop and killed two more people. police then cornered meyers in an abandoned building. >> there was no apparent rational motive, to the best of our knowledge at this time, to provoke these attacks. >> police went into that building this morning. they found meyers in the basement. they stay meyers shot a police dog. police fired back, killing him. well, senator dianne feinstein's assault weapons ban will probably be approved today. it's expected to go through on a party line vote but it will have a tough time when it comes to the senate vote. feinstein says she needs all of the help she can get because she will be facing what she calls an 800-pound gorilla, the nra. silicon valley investors is
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announcing ways to curb gun violence. capitalists and other investors have formed the technology committee. they will be joined by parents of victims of the newtown school shooting. it will be at the bill graham civic auditorium. a policy to ease overcrowding in state prisons may be responsible for a rising number of sex offenders violating their parole. the san francisco examiner reports the number of sex offenders who have violated parole in california increased 15% since a realignment policy took effect 17 years ago. in san francisco the number of sex offenders violating parole rose from 72 to 84. the realignment policy calls for parole violaters to be sent to county jails instead of prison. many serve little time there due to overcrowding. we're now hearing that keith observerman and current
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tv have reached a testlement in a $50 -- keith oberman and current tv have reached a settlement in a $50 million. the network said oberman breached the terms of his contract. samsung will unveil its latest debut of the galaxy. technology analysts say the update from the 3 could feature i-tracking technology. it is also expected to have a 5- inch screen and 13 megapixel camera. now, apple's senior vice president tried to steal a little thunder from samsung's launch. he did something unusual.
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he talked about another company's products. phil schiller reminded the reporters the iphone 5 is the best-selling device in the 4th quarter of last year. he also says apple lure's four times as many android smartphone owners to buy iphones as apple loses to its rivals. amazon cutting the price of the 8.9-inch kindle fire tablets. the new price for the wi-fi version is down 10%. the 4 version goes for $400. a 20% drop. amazon says it's able to lower the price because it has increased production an also cut costs. amazon does not release sales figures. so it's really hard to tell if that's actually the case. google plans to eliminate an app that saves people a lot of time. google is doing what it calls some spring cleaning. the one that's drawing the most attention, though, is google
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reader. it lets users keep track of a large number of news sources all in one place. the shut down does not happen until july 1st. so those people have a chance to find and transfer to new options. net flick users can share the tv shows and news through facebook. users can choose which content to share on netflix as whether they want to share to their facebook pages. all u.s. users will have access to the options by the end of the week. the continuing efforts to rename san francisco's airport after a local gay rights hero. why some are says the name change could cost a lot less than first thought. and bars serving alcohol until 4:00 a.m.? the new push to make it happen and why some people are opposed to it.
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the cost of renaming san francisco international airport, may be a lot less than first thought. david campos has been pushing to rename the airport after former supervisor harvey milk. at first the name change was estimated to cost about $4 million. but there are new estimates that put the price at about $350,000. that's only if the city changes the main sign at sfo, not the freeway signs leading to the airport. a landing gear problem may have caused a small plane to skid off a runway in san jose. it happened last night at reed hill view airport. the landing gear collapsed and the wings broke off part of the plane. both people on boardwalked away unharmed. 7:54. a new effort is underway to allow some bars to serve alcohol in the 4:00 a.m. a supervisor said this could
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boost tourism and create more jobs. supporters agree the extra two hours of service could be good for business but others say it could mean a lot more late- night headaches. >> people would be drinking too much and driving. i think it would be too late and the noise. i don't think it's good for the community. >> several big cities including chicago and new york city already have late calls past 2:00 a.m. if approved, the new law could go into effect january 1st. let's see what's happening on the roads right now. sal, you are watching 880 and everything else. >> that's right. we're looking at the slow traffic beginning to build. we're watching 880. let's take a look at some of these pictures. 680 between walnut creek and the -- between concord and walnut creek is still pretty slow this morning as you drive through. westbound 24 slow leaving walnut creek and highway 4 has been steady and slow in antito be and bay point. as we move down to livermore
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we've had some slow traffic from grantline road to 680. it continues to be a pretty big delay, although it's improving a little bit. out to the live picture the now, i want to show you that -- pictures now, i want to show you that 880 northbound, you can see traffic slow approaching downtown oakland. this morning's commute will be backed up to the toll plaza for a 25-minute wait before you make it on the bridge let's go to mark. we continue to watch the fog regroup. over the bay, just beautiful. look at this camera monk looking over the sun -- looking over the sun rising. in the middle of the bay, we have a dense fog advisory. it didn't show up there with that camera view but that fog advisory in place until 9:00 this morning. it looks like it's gonna expire soon. out towards the immediate coastline, thick fog from ocean
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beach, pacifica and a dense fog advisory down towards the santa cruz county coastline as well. that's in place until 9:00 in morning. temperatures, 54 for san jose. concord in the upper 40s at 49 degrees. here's a look at our forecast highs -- temperatures ranging from the low 60s coast side, warmest locations inland on track to reach the mid- to upper 70s. today a little bit cooler, filtered sunshine with high clouds moving in. patchy, coastal fog this morning. no big changes tomorrow. by saturday we'll cool things off slightly. pretty much the same deal for sunday, st. patrick's day. 7:56. a suspected car thief leaves deputies on a pursuit over land and water. the wild chase that ended in the oakland estuary. we're live in pleasanton at foothill high school where we'll speak to school officials about security today in the wake of a threatening note.
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>> reporter: we're live at st. mary's college in morago. we'll have a live interview with a vatican scholar about the new pope.
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welcome back. i'm tori campbell. >> i'm dave clark. parents of some high school
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students in pleasanton keeping their kids home because of a specific threatening note mentioned today. tara moriarty has been out there since 4:30 this morning. earlier, you talked to members of the cheerleading squad. tara? >> reporter: that's right. investigators believe the person who wrote this note was a girl, although they do say most of the time, it's boys who actually carry out these acts. if you look behind me, you can see that campus school is getting underway. they are taking this threat very seriously. the school's goal is to catch whoever wrote the float to get them some help. some parents say they will send their kids to school. others will not. there's no lockdown. we've blurred out the profanity but it read "i hate everyone at this school. watch me shoot everyone on
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march 14th. i swear to god." >> i feel bad for the person who wrote it. i hope whatever was going on that day or whatever is going on with them, like, gets better in time and they realize it's just high school and they have more to go. there's more to come. >> unfortunately, you have to react in some way, you know, you have to make the community feel good about your security. you bring in extra people, you bring in police. you can't take it as a joke. what if on the odd chance something happens and you don't do anything and then everything will be all upset. >> reporter: in total, police are on alert at four schools. in tracy, and across town, they evacuated tracy high school, after two notes including one note regarding a bomb. fremont police are still investigating a bomb threat
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incident. nicole steward is joining us. tell me where the investigation stands. >> they are still investigating. i know spoke to a lot of student the yesterday. they kind of narrowed down that the graffiti happened on fifth period on wednesday. they have talked to any student who was out of class. they've also talked to any student who posted the picture on facebook trying to ascertain how they got the picture themselves and they've been following some leads. >> reporter: i know you have extra patrols today. what exactly is going on, on campus. >> this morning, we have four police officers in full uniform. we also have all of our campus staff are very aware of what's going on. they all have walkie-talkies and they've been posted as well as the superintendent and her cabinet. >> reporter: thank you for joining us. we appreciate your time. nicole steward with the school district here. that's the latest from pleasonton, back to you. >> all right.
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thank you, tara. this morning, pope francis demonstrated humidity he's known for. he delivered flowers with to the basilica in rome dedicated to the virgin mary. francis turned away the special sedan that was supposed to take him to the hotel. instead, he rode on the bus with the other cardinals. once at the hotel, he picked up his even luggage and paid the bill himself. vatican officials call him the pope of the people. in the next hour, he will lead a special mass at the sistine chapel with the other cardinals. this is a live picture of vatican city. pope francis will officially be installed as pontiff next tuesday. pope francis is a many of many firsts. he's the first pope pick the name francis. he's the first pope from the americas and the first jesuit
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church. here's more. >> reporter: professors tell me they've been surprised at the level of here at st. mary's college. with me is brother charles, he's a vatican scholar. for those of us who have been following this selection of the new pope, what can we expect in the coming days? >> there will be a private mass but tuesday is the day scheduled for the mass of the inauguration of the ministry. that kicks off a series of events that will culminate in his taking possession of the cathedral throne. >> reporter: how do you think he will deal with social issues such as gay marriage? >> that particular issue, he would look for consensus in the church. he will act as the spokesperson for the whole universal church and he will wait to hear there's some sort of consensus before there can be a change. >> reporter: for parish neshs here in the -- parishioners
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here in the bay area, will they see changes? >> i suspect so. his taking the name as francis, reinforces his advocacy for the poor and social justices. >> reporter: anything else you want us to know? >> it's a great day for the church. >> reporter: brother charles thank you for your insight both yesterday and today. we're live in morago at st. mary's college, cara lui, ktvu channel 2 news. >> you can learn much more at ktvu.com. coming up for you at 8:30. we'll take you live to rome where another live report on the pontiff's busy first morning as the new pope. 8:04. this morning, authorities in solano county are searching for a man with a gas can. he was spotted along interstate 80 yesterday afternoon starting small fires. the series began at redhill road in fairfield. there was no damage and little
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-- there was little damage and no injuries. fire investigators in antioch are looking for the cause of a house fire that caused an estimated $200,000 in damage. it happened at 4th streets. firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames poring out of the victorian home. they say the fire started in a rear bedroom and say an elderly woman who lived at the home was not there at the time. 8:05. alameda county sheriff deputies arrested a who tried to escape from them by jumping into the oakland estuary. this started around 5:45. deputies spotted a stolen car in the oakland aquatic center. they say the driver took off, leading them down a chase -- on a chase down the embarcadero. then the driver got out of the car, jumped into the oakland estuary and swam away even hiding on a boat before he was arrested. well, this morning, the police are busy investigating
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an exchange of gunfire in east oakland. it happened about 8:30 at seminary and bromley avenues. police have given us very few details so far but say no one was hit by the bullets. streeted were closed down. the -- streets were closed down. a helicopter was overhead during the investigation. 17 suspects during the crime sweep in oakland last week have been charged. the charges range from assault on a police officer to conspiracy to commit murder. prosecutors filed 30 felony counts against suspects who police say are members and associates of the east oakland kang case boys. police say -- gang case boys. police say this is a long- running dispute against another gang known as the money team. we want to check in with sal. things still pretty? >> you've been catching me doing all of my work here. it's been kind of busy on a thursday, as some people like to say, friday eve.
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the westbound bay bridge has been busy. this morning 25, 30-minute delay getting into san francisco. no major problems on the upper deck of the been. it's fallen into a pattern where you wait for a half-hour and then you are off into san francisco. that takes about ten minutes. that's the better part of an hour of trying to get in unless you are in the carpool lane and that's much faster. 880 northbound, some of that fog in the bay is beginning to move onshore or inland if you will. the visibility is not as bad. yesterday, we couldn't see any of this until about this time. today, the visibility is a little bit better than that. marin county between novato and san rafael, slow traffic from 37 to central san rafael, it's slow. no major accidents there. the south bay, i think unfortunately has not had a food day. we had an earlier crash on 101. that means that 102, 208 and 85 all took the brunt of this traffic. it's slower than it normally is getting into cupertino, mountain view and sunnyvale. let's go to mark.
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here is our live camera looking at the fog. we talked about the fog otherrer the past couple of mornings. there's there's the golden gate bridge. very low visibility. there's that compressed follow bank. once again, we're dealing -- fog beige. once again we're dealing with pockets of dense fog. not as widespread but it is locally dense. what's happening -- typically, what happens, you get the fog that rushes onto the bay and it targets these areas, richmond, albany, berkeley, and emeryville. you get that pocket, that thin ribbon of fog that pushes towards those regions. dense fog advisories also posted for parts of the coastline, even out towards oaks beach, i saw some thick fog. down the san mateo county coastline extending down to santa cruz county, that dense fog advisory until 9:00 this morning. the visibility is coming down to less than a quarter of a mile. already 8:00. we're showing you some 40s. not much of a change.
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san francisco, 48, hayward, 49 and antioch at last check, reporting 53 degrees. high pressure, this really warmed us up yesterday. temperatures have peaked for the week. as the system moves out to the east, we'll shave off a few degrees. on average, about 3 to 6 degrees cooler. we have this, all of the high clouds moving in. we had the fog this morning and then way up above, we have the high clouds that produce filtered sunshine later on this afternoon. our forecast model picks up at 12:00 and 1:00. pretty much the same story at 4:00 and 5:00 and into the evening hours. beginning at 9:00 a.m., fog. at noon, still foggy and then mild to warm, 60s to the 70s. the warmest locations -- no more 80s. warmest locations out to santa rosa and fairfield. san jose forecast high of 474.
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same forecast for your friday -- of 74. same forecast for your friday. with st. patrick's day coming up and the temperatures will cool slightly. no rain yet but possibly next week we could be tracking a few raindrops. the california supreme court ruled that walmart can expand its antioch store into a super-center by adding a grocery section. environmentists fought against the idea. the idea was first approved by the antioch city council in tease 2010 but has been tied up in legal battles since then. the price of paper bags, going up in santa cruz county. starting next week, the price goes from 10 cents to 25 cents in unincorporated areas. plastic bags were banned in santa cruz county last march. county officials say the splice increase is to encourage -- price increase is to encourage
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shoppers to bring your own bags. students are protests cuts being made by the school at san francisco city college as it fights to keep its accreditation and is dealing with budget cuts. city college could be forced to close if it loses that status and the decision on that matter is expected by june. there's a -- dash here's a question -- here's a question, could your banking habits land you on a watch list? confidential information to the cia. and a purple heart found in california. how that discovery turned some high school students into heroes for one family.
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locally dense fog near the coast and bay. here's our live camera. we get relatively clear skies at one point and then all of a sudden there's that fog bank. president obama heads back to capitol hill today to meet with senate republicans and house democrats. it's the president's third trip to meet with lawmakers. he's trying to get republicans and democrats to agree on a budget. yesterday, senate democrats unveiled their budget plan calling for increases in both spending and tactses. the republican budget plan focuses only on cutting spending. the president will release his
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budget proposal early next month. a new report from the "reuters" news agency says the obama administration wants to give spy agencies more access to your banking information. ktvu's kyla campbell in our washington, d.c. newsroom and you just talked to someone at the treasury department. kyla? >> reporter: the treasury department tells me it cannot comment on this document that "reuters" reports. the treasury department tells me its financial crimes enforcement database includes banking information of some americans, not all, and others who bank in the u.s. by law, banks have to report any suspicious activity to the federal government so it can be filed in this database. that includes, for example, any cash transaction of $10,000 or more and other activities the feds believe could be linked to
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terrorist activity or financial fraud. the "reuters" report says the fbi is the only u.s. spy agency with full access to this database. it goes on to say, the obama administration wants other agencies, like the cia, and national security agency to also have unlimited access. some privacy experts think the database would be too inclusive. others say the average american is not going to ping the interest of the fbi or the cia. >> what they are looking for is large cash transfers, suspicious activity coupled with other suspicious actions. country of origin, strange travel, other large money transfers that might indicate something funny's going on. >> reporter: she says expanding access to this financial database for these other agencies would be legal under the patriot act. and the treasury department assures me all of these agencies have to protect that private banking information under the bank secrecy act.
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live in washington, kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. a lot purple heart found here in california is back with a texas family thanks to a group of high school students. the military medal was found in the middle of the road in bakersfield. it eventually was turned over to a high school teacher and the archiving class. after a lot of digging, the students identified the soldier to which this was awarded. he was killed in the war it's so amazing this -- in the war. >> it's so amazing this is coming back to our family. one of her brothers used to live in bakersfield and the purple heart may have gotten lost there. davis police say they are investigating a brutal beating of a gay man as a possible hate
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crime. he was hospitalized for his injuries. his family is worry ed may suffer long-term neurological problems. he and another friend were walking home from a party over the weekend and a man attacked him while yelling homophobic slurs. davis have identified a suspect and hope to -- police say they've identified a suspect and hope to make an arrest soon. surveillance video shows erica maskaleris has been called off. there's a possibility, reports say, that she may have committed suicide. they say a cell phone ping shows her by the bridge and at the same time, someone
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committed suicide. construction is due to begin on a project to right build lexington elementary school in los gatos. the school is on old santa cruz highway. it will be torn down in the next few days and replaced with a bigger campus. the new campus will be able to accommodate twice as many students and will be earthquake safe. the groundbreaking ceremony was yesterday. the $24 million project is due to be finished in june of 2014. 8:20. the music has stopped at the san francisco sim symphony -- at the san francisco symphony. ♪ >> the musicians are on strike
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after contract negotiations stalled. they canceled today's performance and the weekend is in question. musicians earn an average salary of $165,000 plus they get ten weeks paid vacation. >> our proposal retains their status as the third highest paid orchestra in the country. we really think that's important. >> the idea of ath traing young players to -- of attracting young players to the symphony is something we're very concerned about. that's our life blood. >> one symphony musician sent ktvu an e-mail and said he's leaving for the chicago symphony next season and that's due to his frustration with management. this is a big day for pi
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day. to mark the occasion, the san francisco explore tum -- exploratorium willer is suv the kind of pie -- exploratorium is serving the kind of pie you eat today. >> that's the kind of pie i can handle. [laughter] the new agreement for a call center on the new healthcare law. it was partly foggy in some barts but clear in others -- parts but clear in others. westbound 24. you can see traffic is busy heading to the tunnel between walnut creek and oakland. we'll tell you more about the morning commute including the new crash in the livermore valley.
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an-going road improvement has been delayed because drivers keep crashing into work that's already been done. more than $8 million is being spent along the stretch of the capital expressway. since the work started two years ago there have been several crashes, including the latest that took out one of the new light poles. >> a little disheartening when you see some of the damages that are done and car accidents are gonna happen but we're gonna be able to fix these relatively easily. >> each repair job costs thousands of dollars but vta
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says tax payers will not have to pick up the tab. drivers who cause the damage and insurance end up paying for the repairs. 8:25. well, contra costa county has a new deal with a call center union that's expected to create 205 new jobs. under the terms of the deal, the county will hire for union jobs. call center employees will be answering questions about the new healthcare law. contra costa supervisors are also considering locations in richmond and in concord. sal, everybody behaving on the roads? >> we have a new crash on westbound 580 at the altamont pass north of flynn road. watch for traffic to be low in this area. the traffic is going to be busy even after that, although it's improved a little bit. we're looking at the hayward to union city to fremont commute and that commute is about 30
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minutes. let's move along to live pictures. i want to show you westbound bay bridge. slight improvement between 20, 25 minutes waiting to get in san francisco. this morning we're looking at the 280 commute. 280 and 101 have been a little slow because of earlier issues. let's go to mark tamayo. we continue to watch the fog floating coastside and around the bay. still some haze. there's some evidence of some patchy fog left over. temperatures today, they are cooler than yesterday but still pretty nice. 60s and 70s. it won't be complete sunshine as you can pick out, we have a lot of high clouds approaching the area. we have the patchy dense fog this morning. and then the high clouds are sweeping into northern and central california. here's your forecast for today. areas of fog and then this afternoon, partly sunny, mild to warm, no more 80s. the warmest locations approaching the mid- to upper 80s. a little bit of some cooling by
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welcome back. it's been almost a full day now since cardinal jorge mario bergoglio became pope francis. he's now the 266th pontiff and the first from the americas. craig boswell has been reporting from rome all week. good to see you again, craig and tell us about the special mass that will start in just about a half-hour from right now. it's about 4:30 rome time. we're about 30 minutes away from the first mass. it's been a busy day for the new pope. it began very early this morning as he went through rome's main basilica and went out to meet some people. kind of doing what he does. going out to meet the people and everyone is still talking about his appearance last night when he flipped the script on everyone, instead of traditionally blessing everyone there in the audience, the
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100,000 or so people, he asked them to pray for him. >> translator: i ask you to pray to the lord to bless me. >> reporter: now known as pop francis, appearing for the first time on the famed balcony in front of thousands. the name taken from st. francis, the 13th century italian preacher who lived a life of poverty. >> one of the wonderful things about cardinal bergoglio choosing the name france, he's really pointing us towards this renewal. >> reporter: the electing cardinals consider him a seasoned and popular pastor who would draw followers to the faith. >> where he comes from is gavey. we got a lot of good gravy with a man coming from latin america. you talk about a booster shot to the church in the americas. this is gonna be a real blessing. >> restoring the church's image will be no evey task especially
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for some who have lost faith following a litany of sex abuse scandals. >> they picked a person coming from the third world who has some reputation of dealing with the issue. he may sweep house and do something concrete. >> reporter: i lost -- i lost your audio there, dave. but looking ahead now, at the schedule, after the inaugural mass. you have the traditional blessing from the vatican and there will be the official installation of pope francis on tuesday. back to you. >> craig boswell, live from rome, another great update. joe biden will lead the u.s. delegation of rome next week for the installation ceremony. biden is the first roman catholic vice president. the vice president released a statement saying he's happy to have the chance to personally deliver his well wishes to the
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new pope. the installation mass is scheduled for next tuesday. make sure you log onto ktvu.com. there's a tab there dedicated to the election of the pope. we've posted his first public address as pope and reaction from an argentinian priest who is here. he's known the pope for 30 years. a 4.6 earthquake shook the north bay overnight. this is a look at a map from the usgs website. the quake hit just after 2:00 a.m. about 14 miles northeast of holdsburg. even though it was a larger than usual quake for the area, it does not appear a lot of people felt it. the sheriff's department said they only took two calls about the wake and there's no reports of damage. lightfield beach in santa cruz is being targeted by vandals. in the past few weeks a trash can was set on fire, plumbing was damaged in the restrooms
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and gang graffiti was spray painted on the walls. thieves even stole a park's dog waste dispensers. damage is estimated at $5,000. 8:34. some bay bridge drivers have found a way to avoid the higher tolls on the bay bridge just before the price goes up at 10:00 a.m. ktvu's brian flores live at the bay bridge, you've been out there since 4:30 this morning, you know how the chp is warning those drivers, brian. >> reporter: hi, dave. it's a growing problem but by no means is it a new problem. it's been going on since 2010 since planners introduced tolls based on the time of day and traffic congestion. as we take a look at traffic congestion, traffic through the bay bridge toll plaza is moving very slowly right now. just before 10:00 a.m., about an hour from now, some cars can be seen pulled over or even stopping traffic. it has nothing to do with car problems. everyone to do with saving money? as they wait for the clock to
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go to 10:00 a.m. that's when the toll goes down from $6 to $4. the chp says this is dangerous. they say there are a hand full of drivers, some -- handful of drivers that at 9:35 in the morning will either pull over the side somewhere or slow down traffic long enough until the clock says to be and that's when they will pay $2 left. the chp has pulled over hundred of cars. >> the best thing, patrol the area and inform people. not a lot of people know it's illegal to park on the shoulder unless it's an emergency. so put more signs. >> reporter: the chp says that they give out hundreds of tickets on a weekly basis and they are out here every day. the officer that you just heard from said they would be out here. officials with the bay bridge, say they've been aware of the problem but there's no clear- cut solution to the issue. back out here live, there's a
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spot about a fifth of a mile away where cars pull over. but there's no clear numbers of how many violaterses there are. they say if you are caught, you could pay upwards up to $150 to $300. traffic is moving again nicely through here through the bay bridge toll plaza. for more on traffic throughout the bay area, let's go to sal castanedo. >> thank you, brian. you are standing right knee where one of the cameras we watched the -- we watch the bay bridges and we'll look at that from the other angle. westbound bay bridge traffic at the toll plaza. you can see it right there and the traffic is not all that bad. in fact, the parking lot which is just off the screen to the right is where brian is and somewhere some people park for the administration building there. but the traffic there is backed up for a 20-minute delay. it was improved. it was 25 to 30 minutes earlier in the morning. also on the san mateo bridge, westbound 92. that traffic is moderate. the fog is not nearly as dense
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here on the bridge. i got a tweet from someone saying it's dense in other spots. livermore valley, we have an accident westbound 580 near north flynn being moved from the right-hand side. slow traffic travel time, 32 minutes which is an improvement from grantline road from 680 south. let's go to mark tamayo. good morning. we have been keeping an eye on this. the fog bay moving around the bay. locally dense, especially coast side out towards ocean beach, pacifica, down towards watsonville and santa cruz. the fog returning, not as widespread as yesterday. but still somewhat of a factor. in the middle of the bay, a dense fog advisory in effect. also out towards the immediate coastline. reports up towards ocean beach but the fog advisory begins out towards the san mateo county coastline extending all the way down towards santa cruz and watsonville. it is in place until 9:00 this morning with visibilities coming down to one-quarter of a mile. temperatures are in the upper 40s to the 50s.
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san francisco right now, 48. santa rosa at 45. napa, 47. san jose, reporting 54 degrees at last check. high pressure in command of our weather somewhat. but it begins to weaken. as a result, temperatures we're gonna save off a few degrees for today and some high clouds. so we had the fog this morning, high clouds working their way into northern california. it will be filtered sunshine with partly sunny skies. the sierra forecast for today, looking pretty good. tomorrow, we'll thicken up the cloud cover and then just partly cloudy skies over the weekend. temperatures this weekend for afternoon highs will be in the upper 50s at lake elf will. back here in the bay area for today, once again some high clouds, temperatures in the 60s to the 70s. these numbers coming down on average about 3 to 6 degrees from yesterday's highs. san jose will go 74. fremont, 73 and san francisco instead of the 70s, upper 60s, 67 this afternoon. still some patchy fog near parts of the shore line.
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the look ahead to your five-day forecast, with your weekend always in view. no rain clouds just yet. we do cool things off a little bit especially for sunday for saint patrick's day. next week we'll bump up the rain chances. it's 8:39. we have new information this morning about allegations a sex offender was on a bus with south bay high school students. janine de la vega joins us live now to explain how it happened and what police just said about the accusations. good morning, janine. >> reporter: good morning, tori. that's right, police have confirmed that a sex offender was on a school bus with high school students from the east side union high school district. apparently this happened on february 13th. it was a field trip to deanza college involving students from silver creek as well as andrew hill high school. police say on the return trip back, a parent volunteer apparently let an unauthorized person ride on the bus with the students. here's what police had to say. >> that person that was on the bus was a registered sex
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offender. now the school did not authorize this person, did not authorize the person to ride on the bus to or from the event. students were talked to by officers and each of the students did not say that they had any contact with this person at any time during their trip, either at the campus at deanza or on the return trip home. >> it's unknown if the parent volunteer knew the person was a sex off fennered. police say his registration was up to date as far as being registered as a sex offender but we don't know if he violated any of his teres by weeing on. school bus with the children. now -- terms of probation. how are you handling this?
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>> we're doing our investigation. we are making sure that we have no holes in the policy so that in the future, this type of situation does not happen again. >> reporter: how did it happen? did that parent know the individual was a sex offender? >> i don't have that information. you have a parent who is wheelchair bound and it was -- was escorted by this adult and our staff allowed both to return back upon the bus which is a violation of our policy because they were not scheduled to be on the bus to begin with. >> okay. so this person who is a sex offender was only on the bus a return trip or longer? >> only on the return trip. they sat in the front seat with the volunteer parent with our staff behind them and then the students behind our staff. so at no time did this person, based on the preliminary investigation, have any contact with our students. >> reporter: how much of is a concern is this to you even though there was no contact with students? >> it's a concern there was a breach of our policy.
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i understand the context why our staff member allowed the parent and this adult on the bus because of her handicapbation situation, but again it was a violation of our policy. it's a chance for us to make sure that we do not have any further holes in the policy and a chance do reeducate our staff. >> reporter: do we know how see yers -- serious of a offense this sex offender had in the past? we do not. >> reporter: thank you for talking to us. we plan on asking more questions and to follow up with police on their investigation on this. reporting live from san jose, janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 news. thank you. 8:42. a big announcement today about free wi-fi in parts of the south bay. how this could even help drivers who need to feed the meter. another carnival cruise ship in trouble. what passengers are saying about the conditions on board.
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-- at the big board, the dow is up -- no audio] surfing the net is about to get a lot faster in one silicon valley city. city leaders are expected to make an announcement at a free wi-fi network. it will be one of the fastest wi-fi connections in the country. officials say the new network will also benefit drivers by improving the speed of transactions at pay-to-park meters. let's bring you up to date on some of the top stories we're following right now. the parents of some students at foothill high school in pleasanton are keeping their kids home and there are extra police patrols on the school campus. that's because of a threatening note that mentions today's date. pope francis will lead a mass at the sistine chapel in
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rome. earlier this morning, the new pope visited a basilica praying to the virgin mary and showing the humidity he's known for, he went back to a vatican hotel to pick up the luggage. he also paid his hotel bill to set a good example for others. another vamp cal cruise ship is stranded because of -- another carnival cruise ship is stranded because of power problems. pam cook has more. >> passengers are being kept on board to keep track of them. they hope the problems will be fixed quickly and they don't want to have to run up thousands of people. the ship was supposed to leave port last northeast but reported generator problems -- last night but reported generator problems. >> they've done two separate
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tasks of the elevators where they've had to shut them down for several hours. last evening when they did that, the toilets were overflowing down in the common areas on the main floors. >> another passenger who is traveling with his wife and young children tells cnn there's human waste all over the floor in some of the bathrooms and in the state rooms. on carnival's facebook page there are 1700 comments about the current situation and people like to cruise. most comments are positive. many are still excited about an upcoming trip on carnival. reporting live in the newsroom, pam cook, ktvu channel 2 news. 8:48. later today, the head of the transportation security administration will defend his controversial decision to begin allowing small knives on planes beginning next month. john pistole will testify at a hearing of the house homeland security committee. now, pilots, flight attendants, even the union representing
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tsa's screeners, they have all criticized this decision to allow the knives. pistole says the change in policy would free up tsa screeners to look for more serious threats like explosives. 8:49. a government whistle-blower says the department of veterans affairs withheld information about gulf war syndrome and ignored suicidal veterans. doctor steven cough lin was the lead author of two of the biggest studies conducted by the va on veterans of the war in iraq and afghanistan. at a hearing on capitol hill, the doctor testified that the va withheld research that proved a link between nerve was and gulf war illness. he also said that veterans identified as suicidal in studies were not offered followup care. new this morning, within the last hour, the senate judiciary committee approved senator feinstein's assault weapons ban. >> the measure was approved on a 10-8 party line vote by the democratic-controlled
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committee. but the legislation will have a tough time when it comes before the full senate next month and feinstein says she'll need all of the help she can get because she'll be facing what she calls an 800-pown gorilla. that would be -- 800-pound go ril you will. that would be -- gorilla. that would be the nra. more than 20 venture capitalists and other capitalists have formed a committee to reduce gun violence. they will be joined by parents of the victims of the newtown, connecticut shooting at the bill graham civic auder toial. a preliminary hearing was due -- auditorium. a preliminary hearing was due to begin in the six defendants who bound and killed a man. police say the victim was found with a woman who was seriously
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injured. prosecutors still haven't told us a possible motive but they stress that the defendants and the victims all knew each other. and that this was not a random crime. a man convicted in the chowchilla school bus killing will not be released from prison any time soon. the state denied patrol for james shownfield for the next three years. he's alled of kidnapping 26 school children and a bus driver in the central valley back in 1976. shownfield is serving time in san luis obispo. his brother richard was released in the bay area last year. nine minutes before 9:00. concord police are investigating reports that shots were fired at two buses. both shootings happened yesterday on clayton road. windows on both buses were damaged but no one was hurt. so far, there are no suspects and there have been no arrests. if you have any information, you are asked to call concord
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police. new this morning, the chp says the car of a milpitas police officer was rammed by a ford bronco in san jose. this happened around 4:00 this morning on 680 north near berryessa. the driver of the bronco was taken to the hospital. the chp is investigating. >> it doesn't matter if you are undercover or in full uniform, any time you are involved in a collision where someone hits you, we don't know if they are doing it on purpose or it's strictly an accident. so better safe than sorry. >> the police officers were not hurt. 8:52. people are talking about a disturbing video from a bay area amusement park. the damage control that's tied to an animal trainer punching a tiker -- punching a tiger. good morning. some heavy traffic still remaining and we'll tell you more about the last part of the morning commute.
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six flags doing some damage control. this is after a video that's making the rounds on the internet. look at this. it shows an animal trainer repeatedly punching a white tiger in the face. there have been a lot of angry phone calls since that video surfaced this week. however, the owners of six flacks says that video was from ten years -- flags says that video was from ten years ago. and the trainer was fired shortly after that incident.
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the battle over -- the battle over this beach could continue today. a gate was installed a few years ago after the beach was sold. a group of surfers are suing the landowner of martin's beach for blocking access to the beach and closing the only road into the site. attorneys for surf rider say that they are going to sue. they filed the lawsuit on tuesday. b.a.r.t. wanted to install more of those new vinyl seats on trains. it's on track to replace the old cloth seats on 300 trains but the seats are so popular, b.a.r.t. was considering putting them on an additional 139 cars. the company dos the work says it just -- the company doing the work says it won't be able to handle the job. so b.a.r.t. must start a new bidding process for that contract. sal, how is santa clara valley doing? >> it's still a little bit busy, dave and tori because of
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earlier problems. a quick look at the map. 101, 280. 85 is the best. out to the toll plaza we go. that's improving quite a bit. that's about a ten-minute delay before you make it on the bridge. and this morning in san francisco, 101 does look good as you approach the 80 split. let's go to mark. hi there, sal. dense fog. partly sunny this afternoon. temperatures cool a little bit by the weekend. but no rain clouds over the next five days. >> good surfing weather? >> that's our report for this morning. we thank you for trusting the news. we'll -- we will see you the next time news breaks. >> be sure to watch the news at noon for more reaction on the new pope. these are live pictures from the vatican where the cardinals are coming in for a prayer at the sistine chapel. you can always follow us here on facebook and twitter. thank you for joining us.
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hi, everybody. i'm beth troutman, it's time for the best videos, right here, "right this minute." a scene of panic after a snowmobiler is swallowed by an avalanche. >> you hear someone yelling get
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your beacon, brent is under there. >> he reveals what he was thinking as he was buried alive. >> does anyone know i'm here? please come back for me. >> the remarkable story of two friends. hear the twist that revealed they were so much more than friends. they both take a shark fishing trip and that is their bait. see who got caught on candid camera. and let the pope parodies begin as francis meets francis. francis has new ideas. >> no more fish on friday. that's a bunch of bull [ bleep ]. how he plans to shake things up, coming up. >> "right this minute." whato we kn about soft snow? >> avalanches. >> avalanches. as the guy was out snowmobiling with a group, they pulled up to
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the scene of an avalanche. someone was caught in the snow and everybody as you can see is trying to dig this rider out. they continue their snowmobiling and a second avalanche is triggered and aaron caught that on video too. aaron immediately turns around and drives back up.